How to Install and Play Flash on Jelly Bean Devices

Adobe decided to stop the support for its Flash on Jelly Bean (Android OS) devices a while back. Web sites could use a newer streaming technology called HTML5 that you could receive, but relatively few of those sites have made the switch (though HTML5 would have been nice). As to playing local flash SWF on Jelly Bean, there seems not an easy way out. In this cases, you may want to install Flash on Jelly Bean again so as to play the flash videos. Now here is how you can install and play Flash on Jelly Bean devices using the two methods listed below:

Part 1: Install Flash Player on Jelly Bean Devices

Part 2: Play Local Flash SWF on Jelly Bean Devices

flash on jellybean

Part 1: Install Flash Player on Jelly Bean Devices

First you should note that the last version of Adobe Flash Player on the Google Play Store will work with your Jelly Bean devices, but since it's no longer provided by the Play Store, you'll need to install it from a side-loaded APK. If you want to install that APK, you need to check if third-party apps can be installed on your devices. To do so, just go to "Settings > Security" to make sure "Unknown Sources" is enabled. As you see the warning of installing third-party software, accept it and continue.

jellybean settings

Tips: The most recent Jelly Bean Flash download link can be found here: Important: Installing a side-loaded APK means taking risks with your devices and/or personal information. You will be responsible for any issues caused by the installation, and should only proceed if you are prepared to deal with these possible consequences.

Once the Adobe Flash Player is installed on your devices, you'll need to use a mobile Web browser that still supports Flash. Right now the most stable choices are Mozilla Firefox and Dolphin Browser. Thereafter, you can continue enjoying the Web sites that are still using Flash.

Part 2: Play Local Flash SWF on Jelly Bean Devices

Generally, Flash video encoded with .swf is not supported by any Jelly Bean devices, so if you need to play the local flash SWF on Jelly Bean, you need to transcode SWF to Jelly Bean-friendly MP4 video format beforehand using a third-party SWF Converter or SWF Converter for Mac. For convenience, a step-by-step guide on how to play local flash SWF on Jelly Bean devices is provided below:

Step 1: Load Flash SWF to the converter

First download and install the SWF Converter, run it and then add your local SWF files to it by clicking "Select File". Batch conversion is allowed.

add swf video

Step 2: Select output format

Click the "Next" button to enter the option interface. The program provides various optimized presets for Jelly Bean devices, so you can just choose what one of the preset output format for your device with ease.

set output format

Step 3: Play local flash SWF on Jelly Bean

Press "Next", then hit "Start" to begin transfer SWF to Jelly Bean devices. After a moment, the conversion will be done well. Thereafter, you can easily import the converted SWF to your Jelly Bean devices for playback.

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